Undergrad School: University of Maryland, College Park Veterinary School: Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine 2009 Radiation Oncology Residency: Colorado State University, Flint Animal Cancer Center
Why did you choose to become a Radiation Oncologist? I was a general practitioner for 5 years when it started bothering me that my knowledge was limited to help my patients with the most devastating diagnosis of cancer. In addition, I lived and practiced in an area where radiation treatment was not an option for my client’s beloved pets without traveling to the few distant facilities (mostly in an academic setting) that actually offered radiation therapy for pets. I truly felt that many of my cancer patients did not have the opportunity to receive the required treatment that would have helped them feel better and enjoy more quality time with their loving families.
Why do you choose to practice at VCA West Coast? In radiation oncology, it is very important that I have access to the most up-to-date technology as the quality of some curative intent radiation plans depends on precise planning and delivery of that plan. I was trained at Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Cancer Center using the best equipment that enabled us to offer Stereotactic Radiation Treatment (SRT) for our patients. VCA West Coast installed the same linear accelerator (radiation therapy machine) and the most advanced planning software in order for me to continue to use cutting-edge technology that is the equivalent of what is currently considered gold standard in human radiation oncology.
The other very important reason I chose to practice at VCA West Coast is our multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists. We are so fortunate to be able to integrate medical, surgical and radiation oncology in order to offer pet owners the best, comprehensive treatment options for their canine and feline companions that are diagnosed with cancer.
What do you enjoy doing outside of practicing medicine? Outside of work; when I am not trying to help furry children and their families, I am mostly spending time with my two-legged 5-year-old daughter. We love to spend time outside. Walking by the ocean, and taking trips to the mountains are just a couple of the fun things we do together. We also enjoy the company of our old kitty, Fuli, on lazy days at home and are currently in search for a rescue dog as our beloved old doggy recently passed away and left a big hole in our hearts.
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